Legendary Lights Of Clifton Mill
November 24 - December 31$10
The old covered bridge is a spectacular addition to The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill. The bridge, its windows, roof, sides and bottom are covered in lights of various colors as are pseudo trees which flank the bridge. Every hour, on the hour, all 3.5 million lights at Clifton Mill go out leaving guests in total darkness. As a hush falls over the spectators, orchestral music softly begins to play a medley of traditional Christmas songs and some of the lights on the covered bridge begin to twinkle on and then off again. As the music builds and builds, more and more lights on the covered bridge blink off and on in time to the music, lights on the pseudo trees swirl around and change color in a way that seems impossible. By the end of the song, the music is booming through Clifton Gorge, the lights on the covered bridge have become mesmerizing and everyone watching is completely enthralled. Then the music ends and the bridge lights all go out, once again leaving guests in total darkness. Then, before most spectators can catch their breath, 3.5 million lights come on again all at once!
Clifton Mill has an outdoor miniature village on display during the Christmas season that is the delight of everyone. The miniature village has recreations of many of Clifton’s historic buildings plus a 1950s diner, a light parade going down the main street and two trains that go around the village and across a covered bridge on the mill race stream. On the outskirts of the village there is a drive-in movie theatre that shows old film clips, a frozen pond with ice skaters, a football game in progress and a country fair with moving bumper cars and Ferris wheel.
The Santa Claus Museum houses the private collection of the Satariano family which has taken nearly 40 years to amass. There are over 3000 examples of Santa Claus on display dating from as far back as 1850. Some are mechanical, some are toys, some are advertising items, some are weird, some are elegant, some are rustic, all are interesting. The nostalgic Toy Collection features gifts of Christmas’ past. Under the Christmas trees are gifts typical of several eras.